100 years ago in The Record

Mon­day, Nov. 11, 1918

The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - —Kevin Gil­bert

At 2:30 a.m., just as The Record’s early edi­tion goes to press, the As­so­ci­ated Press wire re­ports that Ger­many has signed an ar­mistice agree­ment ef­fec­tively end­ing the world war. An un­con­firmed re­port of an ar­mistice on Novem­ber 7 led to wild cel­e­bra­tions through­out Troy and much of the coun­try, only for dis­ap­point­ment to sink in the fol­low­ing morn­ing. This time, how­ever, the U.S. State Depart­ment con­firms the story at 2:45 a.m. It’s too late to do more with the early edi­tion than stop the press long enough to add “GER­MANY SUR­REN­DERS” at the head of the front page. That’s enough to let our ed­i­tors boast that “The Troy Record was the only pa­per in the state to carry this fact in its early edi­tion.” At the same time, Record staff no­ti­fies Troy mayor Cor­nelius F. Burns, who calls fire chief Cor­nelius Casey, who puts his en­gines on the streets with sirens blar­ing, bells ring­ing and horns “belch­ing forth the glad tid­ings in rather hoarse tones.” The mayor hops in Casey’s car and leads the trucks north to Lans­ing­burgh and all the way back to South Troy to spread the news. By the time the mo­tor­cade gets back to head­quar­ters, “an im­mense gather­ing of men and women” has crossed the Congress Street bridge af­ter the Water­vliet Ar­se­nal stops work, while the stu­dents of Rus­sell Sage School of Arts make a “very no­tice­able and sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion” to the crowd. Three hours be­fore sun­rise, a vic­tory pa­rade gets un­der­way on Fifth Av­enue. The mayor joins in with a Sage stu­dent on each arm, “but the girls did not want to march in the ordinary way. “Mea­sured strides meant noth­ing in their young lives. French heels turned on the gran­ite block pave­ments but what meant a lit­tle phys­i­cal dis­com­fi­ture. ‘Goose step!’ one of the of­fi­cers or­dered and the mayor, colonel [from the ar­se­nal] and about 100 girls and sol­diers ex­e­cuted a ser­pen­tine dance block on block that would turn the R.P.I. boys green with envy.” Mean­while, The Record cranks out an ex­tra edi­tion de­tail­ing the sign­ing of the ar­mistice and the ab­di­ca­tion and flight into ex­ile of Kaiser Wil­helm II of Ger­many. Yet an­other edi­tion of­fers more de­tails “an hour be­fore any other news­pa­per car­ry­ing the story of the ar­mistice reached the city.” The war of­fi­cially ends at 6 a.m. Eastern time, or 11 a.m. Paris time. In Troy, a War Chest rally sched­uled for tonight turns into an­other mas­sive vic­tory “ju­bi­la­tion.” This one has a ca­su­alty, how­ever, as for­mer Troy po­lice­man Bernard J. Hal­li­gan drops dead sud­denly at the cor­ner of Broad­way and Sec­ond streets.

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